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England vs W Indies

Headingley ODI abandoned

Waterlogged outfield prevents any play in Leeds

Headingley: waterlogged outfield

The first one-day international between England and West Indies was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to a waterlogged outfield at Headingley.

Umpires Steve Davis and Nigel Llong made the decision after a 3pm inspection, much to the dismay of a sizeable crowd at the Leeds venue.

Heavy rain overnight and throughout the morning saturated the playing area and, although the weather cleared up in early afternoon, the prospects for play always appeared slim.

The groundstaff worked diligently in the hope of drying up the outfield to allow a 20-over contest to start at 4.30pm.

The match officials made an initial inspection at 2pm and decided to return an hour later to take another look, at which point it was judged that conditions had not improved sufficiently and play was finally called off.

Disappointment

The abandonment, announced via the public address system to a crowd who had waited patiently under blue skies, was a major disappointment for all concerned.

Headingley, which holds the fourth Ashes Test in August, underwent a £600,000 re-surfacing, including a new drainage and irrigation system, over the winter - the expensive scheme comprehensively failing its first major test.

The hosts, who are without star duo Andrew Flintoff (knee) and Kevin Pietersen (Achilles) for the duration of the three-match series, had been set to give Eoin Morgan his England debut.

The Irish-born batsman has previously represented his native country in 23 ODIs but has now switched allegiance following his call-up to England's squads for both 50 and 20-over cricket.

He must now wait until the second one-day international at Bristol on Sunday for his chance.

Match Details

Date
21st May 2009
Toss
Venue
Headingley Carnegie